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Archaeology Program

Your University of Toronto degree doesn’t train you for one career, it prepares you for many careers.

Archaeologists are researchers who excavate sites, analyze objects and piece together strands of information to explore continuity and change in past cultures around the world. Knowledge of archaeology opens gateways to many different professions. Employers value the critical thinking skills and attention to detail that come with proper archaeological training.

What do employers value about Archaeology Program graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 79% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $43,844/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Archaeology alumni most frequently apply their research and critical thinking skills in these industries:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Business Development
  • Arts and Design
  • Information Technology
  • Community and Social Services
  • Administrative

graduate or professional school

An Archaeology degree equips students with the collaboration and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Anthropology
  • Classical/Mediterranean Archaeology 
  • Classical/Ancient Art
  • Museum studies
  • Art History
  • Art Conservation
  • First Nations Studies
  • Forensic Studies
  • Law
  • Medicine

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. Prior groups have explored the work environments at Ontario Heritage Trust, specializing in cultural heritage across Ontario.

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline. 

Explore opportunities to participate in Summer Archaeology Field Schools or the research opportunity program.

Apply course materials and gain hands-on experience by enrolling in the Community-Engaged Learning Course(ANT480Y1).

Attend guest lectures to meet anthropologists from around the world and a potential mentor.

Learn about Awards, Scholarships and Funding offered to students in the program.

Attend social and academic events organized by the Anthropology Students' Association.

Submit your work for publication in the Anthropology Undergraduate Journal.

Hone your analytical skills by volunteering in a lab.